Unemployment insurance claims rose by 66,000, up from 374,000 for the week ending October 5, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. That's the bad news. The really bad news is that half of those claims came from California.
Oh, the uptick in California is blamed on the switch to a new computer system in the state. Okay, so the state is dealing with technological change but not with the backlog of unemployment claims. That California has the notable distinction of carrying half of the nation’s unemployment claims speaks of more serious issues than computer replacements.
The rest of the rise was blamed on the government shutdown, dumping the nation’s federal furloughs onto the unemployment scene. There, they join the experienced in government dependence, especially since government is the biggest employer in the state.
Speaking of dependence, California is known as the welfare queen, carrying a third of the nation’s welfare recipients while its population is a mere eighth of the nation’s.
Putting all this together, California must hurt most among the states. But we don’t hear much from the hurting in California’s interior as they count only in the silent statistics whereas the mouthpiece for the state lies among the green elites along the coast.
And that’s pretty much how it will remain. As Victor Davis Hanson once put it, “the California coastal corridor still resembles Germany, while much of the interior is becoming Greece.” California resembles two distinct countries in one, similar to the deep divide that polarizes red states from the blue ones in the rest of America.